Art is for Everyone – Sketching Workshops at the JMM

Posted on September 26th, 2016 by

As a former arts-and-crafts camp counselor, and someone who takes art classes for fun, I’m really excited about our new sketching workshops.  Earlier this summer we hosted artists both inside and outside the Lloyd Street Synagogue, and in November we’ll bring people into B’nai Israel for the chance to draw the sanctuary.

Rabbi Mintz and his family at our plein air [link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/En_plein_air] workshop in July.

Rabbi Mintz and his family at our plein air workshop in July.

Participants drawing the inside of the Lloyd Street Synagogue in August.

Participants drawing the inside of the Lloyd Street Synagogue in August.

Last night’s program focused on our collections, so I not only had the fun of participating, I also had the pleasure of choosing a variety of artifacts to create a challenging still life.  This required a lot of over-thinking on my part – after all, we have over 11,000 objects to choose from! – and not everything made the cut this time, but it came together into a nice display, with an assortment on one pedestal and a single item – a Russian samovar, which was one of the first things that came to my mind when this program was first mentioned – on another.

Claire Tesh, her daughter Lena, and facilitator Matt Adelberg discuss technique.

Claire Tesh, her daughter Lena, and facilitator Matt Adelberg discuss technique.

Doesn’t my still life look nice? I know you all wish you had the chance to draw that fantastic hat.

Doesn’t my still life look nice? I know you all wish you had the chance to draw that fantastic hat.

Thanks to our wonderful workshop facilitators, Matt Adelberg and Christen Chiori, JMM staff have had the chance to relax and participate, taking some time to really look at and enjoy our buildings and collections.

Facilitator Christen Chiosi works with three of our summer interns in the Lloyd Street Synagogue during the August workshop.

Facilitator Christen Chiosi works with three of our summer interns in the Lloyd Street Synagogue during the August workshop.

Tracie Guy-Decker took a few minutes to join the artists inside the Synagogue in August.

Tracie Guy-Decker took a few minutes to join the artists inside the Synagogue in August.

At yesterday’s workshop I attempted to draw my challenging still life, and it was challenging… but my samovar came out much better.  Gift of Hadassah Greater Baltimore. JMM 1979.34.1

At yesterday’s workshop I attempted to draw my challenging still life, and it was challenging… but my samovar came out much better. Gift of Hadassah Greater Baltimore. JMM 1979.34.1

We welcome artists of all ages at these events, as the young ladies below attest. After all, our collections – from small wooden blocks to the buildings themselves – are held in the public trust, for research and study as well as preservation and exhibition. Whether you have mad skills with a pencil or just want to give it a try, we hope you take these opportunities to closely examine, with an artist’s eye, our fabulous pieces of history.

Two young artists and their work.

Two young artists and their work.

Next workshop: Sketching inside B’nai Israel – Sunday, November 6th at 10:30 a.m. 

JoannaA blog post by Collections Manager Joanna Church. To read more posts by Joanna click HERE.

 

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JMM Insights: The Great Chicken Soup Cook Off

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 by

As you read this, The JMM is preparing for our first Great Chicken Soup Cook Off.  We are in search of Maryland’s best chicken soup. We’ve invited   aspiring chefs–from newbies to bubbies–to show us their culinary skills in a bid to receive the coveted title of Maryland’s Chicken Soup Champion.

The cook off tasting will take place at the JMM on Sunday, October 9th from 1 to 3pm. It is inspired by our current exhibit Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America, and a certain televised baking contest. We have held various food related programs over the years at the JMM (including the ever- popular Gefiltefest, a gefilte fish cook-off), and we’re aiming to continue this successful tradition.

The Soups

The competition has been divided into three categories: Traditional, Alternative and Free From. Unsurprisingly the traditional category filled up quickly with eager participants. We are looking forward to trying a variety of traditional chicken soups including Grandma Esther’s Golden Delicious Soup and Beverly’s Bewitching Soup.

Entries in the Alternative category also sound really tasty.  They   include a Chicken Soup Maryland Style (don’t worry this doesn’t include any crabmeat) and a Lemongrass Chicken Soup. In the Free From category we are looking forward to trying a No Chicken “Chicken Soup”.

For those of you who think you’ve got what it takes to win the coveted prize,  there are still spaces available in the Free From and Alternative categories, so enter here TODAY!

The Awards

Trophies & More!

Trophies & More!

Participants are eligible for a variety of awards beyond the overall Chicken Soup Champion. Prizes will be awarded for the best soup in each category, plus an under 16 award, director’s choice and the all-important people’s choice award.

The Tasting Judges

We need you!

We need you!

Our team of tasting judges all work in the Baltimore metropolitan area. We will be joined by Tom Lovejoy, executive chef at Eddie’s of Roland Park, Mark Davis from Michael’s Café and Sam Gallant of WTMD. However we need your help!  For the people’s choice we need you to taste test all of the yummy soups, then vote for your favorite. This is a great opportunity to help choose the Chicken Soup Champion, and you get to taste lots of delicious soups.

 Everything Else

The soups will be the stars of the day but there is plenty more to do while you are at JMM after you have cast your vote. In addition to visiting our exhibits and historic synagogues, we have lots of chicken soup inspired activities. This includes chef demonstrations of their own twists on this classic dish, hopefully inspiring you to try at home.  Plus, to help in your future culinary endeavors, a chance to plant your own herb garden, specially designed for making chicken soup! We’re even planning a special kids craft project to decorate their own special chicken soup bowl to take home.

The cook off is certain to be a great day for the whole family so buy your tickets here!

~Trillion Attwood, Programs Manager

P.S. If you can’t attend, you can recreate the day at home! We will be making all of the recipes available online after the event with the help of Beyond Bubbie. We’ll also share our specially created playlist on Spotify, featuring all of the greatest chicken inspired songs. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details.

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In the Service of Health: A Celebration of Public Health Care Providers

Posted on August 5th, 2016 by

Museum Matters: August 2016

This August, in conjunction with Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America, JMM salutes government health care professionals at the city, state and federal levels.  The story of health care in America would be incomplete without acknowledging the work that these men and women perform in the realms of public policy, emergency management and serving wounding warriors both in the field and at home.  On three Sundays in August our programs highlight the work of public health professionals, fire department first responders and medical officers in the uniformed services.

We are delighted to offer free admission to members of these professions, our health care heroes, on all Sundays during the month of August.

Please note the Museum will be closed on Monday, September 5th in observance of Labor Day.


 

Upcoming programs
All programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland unless otherwise noted. Please contact Trillion Attwood at tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org / 443-8735177with any questions or for more information.

August:

Medicine’s Next Frontier: The Power of Public Health
Sunday, August 7, 11:00am
Speaker Dr. Leana Wen
Included with Admission

Dr. Leana Wen, Commissioner of Health in Baltimore City, believes the well-being of a community is critical to its ability to thrive. She discusses the need to address communities’ social and physical environments to improve public health.  Read More

Doodlers, Dabblers and Artists: Art-Making Workshops at the JMM
Sketching inside the Lloyd Street Synagogue
Wednesday, August 10th from 10:30 am
Instructor Matthew Adelberg
Included with admission

Inspired by the beautiful Lloyd Street Synagogue, this series of artist-led workshops will introduce you to a new way of looking at the Jewish Museum of Maryland’s campus and collections. All skill levels are welcome, and our instructor is experienced in teaching all age ranges so please bring your entire family for a day or relaxation and creation.

No experience necessary! Spots are limited, and registration is strongly encouraged. Email tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org or call 443-873-5177 to reserve your spot today.

First Responders Day
Sunday, August 14 from 11:00am
Included with Admission

Join us as we honor our first responders! Both a modern and vintage firetruck will serve as backdrop for a great presentation from the Fire Museum of Maryland on the history of the American fire service.
11am to 1pm explore the firetrucks
1pm The History of the American Fire Service as Seen through the Eyes of the Collection of the Fire Museum of Maryland by William Roulett, Education Director at The Fire Museum of Maryland.

Uniformed Services Day
Sunday, August 28, 1:00 pm
Included with Admission

In partnership with the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America we welcome to the JMM Dr. Martin Victor, author of Doctor in Blue. Dr. Victor will discuss his time as an air force doctor, and how his faith impacted that time. Following his presentation Dr. Victor will be joined by other armed service medical professionals for a discussion of their shared experiences.

They’ve got WHAT? Historical Collections at the National Library of Medicine
Sunday, September 11th at 11:00am
Speaker Dr. Stephen Greenberg, National Library of Medicine
Included with Admission

Take a fascinating journey through the collection of the National Library of Medicine—one of the richest biomedical library collections in the world! Through this illustrated journey, you’ll learn about the NLM collection, what’s included, and how they helped with the research and formation of Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America.

Is There a ‘Doctuh’ in the House? Jewish Physicians in American Comedy
Sunday, September 18th at 1:00pm
Speaker Dr. Ted Merwin
Included with Admission

From the early 21st century Matt Groening creation Futurama and its crustacean alien Dr. Zoidberg all the way back to the “Doctor Kronkheit” of 1920s’ vaudeville fame, the Jewish doctor has been a staple of American humor. Learn and laugh in this multimedia exploration of some fascinating examples, some of which are featured in Beyond Chicken Soup.

Doodlers, Dabblers and Artists: Art-Making Workshops at the JMM
Sketching the Collection: Selections from the Jewish Museum of Maryland
Sunday, September 25th from 6:30pm
Instructor Matthew Adelberg
Included with admission

Inspired by the beautiful Lloyd Street Synagogue, this series of artist-led workshops will introduce you to a new way of looking at the Jewish Museum of Maryland’s campus and collections. All skill levels are welcome, and our instructor is experienced in teaching all age ranges so please bring your entire family for a day or relaxation and creation.

No experience necessary! Spots are limited, and registration is strongly encouraged. Email tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org or call 443-873-5177 to reserve your spot today.

The Great Chicken Soup Cook Off
Sunday, October 9th from 1:00pm
Included with Admission

Inspired by our current exhibit Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America JMM couldn’t resist the opportunity to stage our first ever Great Chicken Soup Cook Off! You already know the miraculous power of chicken soup, now help us find the best chicken soup in Maryland.

Think you’ve got what it takes? Maryland’s greatest amateur cooks from newbies to bubbies are invited to participate in this important statewide search.

Esther’s Place: the JMM Store

Summer is the perfect time to cool off and peruse what’s new at Esther’s Place! With decorative accessories inspired by Beyond Chicken Soup, home décor from top designers like Nambé and Jonathan Adler, and books and toys for kids that inspire learning through fun, you’re sure to find something for everyone.


Also of Interest

A Deaf Survivor Shares His Story
Speaker: Dr. Eugene Berman
Sponsored by: Our Way and JADE
Wednesday, August 10, 7:00-9:00pm, Weinberg Jewish Community Center (5800 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore 21215)

RSVP or for ADA Accommodations, please contact Rabbi David Kastor at kastor2@juno.com, 443-471-8049

The JMM is pleased to share our campus with B’nai Israel Congregation. For additional information about B’nai Israel events and services for Shabbat, please visit bnaiisraelcongregation.org.  For more of this month’s events from BIYA, please visit biyabaltimore.org or check out BIYA on Facebook.

Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland August Meeting
Sunday, August 28, 1:30pm, Hadassah meeting room (3723 Old Court Road, Dumbarton Offices Entrance)
Speaker: Marian Smith, “Thinking Over Time: Researching USCIS Records”

The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be available. Go to www.jgsmd.org for more information.

Ongoing at the JMM

Exhibits

Exhibits currently on display include Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America (through January 16, 2017), Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore, and The Synagogue Speaks!

 Hours and Tour Times

Combination tours of the 1845 Lloyd Street Synagogue and the 1876 Synagogue Building now home to B’nai Israel are offered: Sunday through Thursday at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm.

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Membership

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Get Involved

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